||Jidoka is the term used in Japan to descibe a system of management where the plant is either running at all operations simultaneously or if there is a stoppage or problem at any of the intermediate activities, the whole plant is stopped. This seemingly alarming form of process management has proven to be some 15% more productive than the usual approach. In addition, there is no so called 'work in progress' (actually it is not progressing, that is why it is there!) and it is the most effective means of achieving consistent incremental continuous improvement.|
This course and others in the Lean Manufacturing Fast Track Training Course series are based on David Hutchins extensive experience in Production Engineering in the automotive industry, the management of Quality and more than 30 years intensive research into Japanese management systems. David has visited most Toyota plants in Japan and in the UK, several of its suppliers including Nippon Denso and NGK Spark Plugs, Nissan both in Japan and the UK together with Calsonic, Honda and Hino Motors. He has also worked with Ford in the UK and Germany, Iran Khodro in Iran, the Shanghai Power and Light Company and parts suppliers in Hungary and Tunisia.
It has been said of David in Japan that he is the European that understands Japanese management better than any other Westerner that we have met.
This course will also be supported by one of the best trainers in the Lean Manufacturing field.
Interestingly, and contrary to popular opinion, Jidoka or 'autonomation' as it is referred to in Japan, was originated in a Honda motor cycle plant and was the result a suggestion by a Quality Circle. They claimed that if the entire production line could be stopped whenever a worker experienced difficulty in completing his task, that overall productivity would be increased. It took management some time to be convinced but in the end they conducted an experiment which not only proved the workers to be right, the results exceeded even the workers expectations.
In this Lean Manufacturing course, all of the reasons for this will be covered and also how to avoid the pitfalls in establishing this method. The course will also include a participative role play to graphically illustrate the advantages of single part manufacture and the Kanban system.
Dates: A Monday to be announced but please call as dates are often chosen by demand
Location: Nr Yeovil Somerset.
Fee: £240 plus VAT
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